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Journal

Designing a “Good Fit” For All People

Universal design must enable people to be independent in daily tasks when human impairments are present.

004: Invisible Disabilities & Universal Design

Sarah and Kati talk about various universal design features to increase function for those living with invisible disabilities.

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Design Projects

Results from student-led design exercises

Check out some drawings, 3D renders, and a floor plan of a universally designed home.

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Journal

Takeaways from a universal design exercise

The process of universal design needs to be collaborative, but collaboration is challenging.

003: Reflections on patients and their homes

Sarah talks with Kati about discharge scenarios and what home modifications looked like for their patients.

002: PEO Model & Collaboration

Design can create a “good fit,” or a “poor fit.” One of the models we use is the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) model of Occupational Performance.

001: Mission & Vision

Welcome to the first episode of the Good Fit Poor Fit podcast! Learn more about The Universal Design Project and what got us to where we are today.

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Journal

Kati’s Story: Multigenerational Needs for Universal Design

Kati discusses how a universally designed home would have improved her family’s function after multiple health events.

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Journal

My journey into a non-traditional Occupational Therapy job

There are many areas of practice in OT. Here’s my story.

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Advocacy

Bias is an enemy.

The first phrase of the definition of universal design is “design that’s usable by all people.” It’s easy to think, “cool, that just means everyone,” which is true, but that’s also a really complex idea. Ensuring usability across the entire spectrum of people in our society is no simple task. Here at The Universal Design Project, we focus on people […]

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Education

The PEO Model of Occupational Performance and Universal Design.

The Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) Model of Occupational Performance comes from the field of occupational therapy and helps identify the relationships between a person, an environment, and occupations (activities). These relationships support and enhance a person’s ability (Law et al, 1996); interestingly, that’s what universal design is all about. The relationship between each helps us understand the quality of occupational performance (i.e., function) that […]

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Education

Accessible design vs. universal design (& more)

Despite universal design being a “thing” since the 1980s, there is still widespread confusion about it today, which we believe is largely due to people not fully understanding the depth of what it means.

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Advocacy Education

Universal design & its connection to disability

Universal design is often described as “design for all ages and abilities,” but what does that really mean? It’s gaining popularity every day, partially because of the size of the baby boomer generation, and partially because of society’s increasing interest in being inclusive to people with disabilities. What is universal design? Design that’s usable by […]

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Advocacy

Exclusive “interview” with the late Ron Mace

Ron Mace is credited with coining the term “universal design.” This is a fictional interview that might be what we’d expect if he were still alive.

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Advocacy

Universal design: why it’s about time

A sense of urgency is felt when someone declares “it’s about time!” We feel that way about the need to make our communities more welcoming to people affected by disability. When the design of something doesn’t work for someone, that person either gets excluded or has to struggle unnecessarily. It’s time for that to change. […]